Transition Stage – April to July 2013
My Final Big Chop – July 2013
2 Months Post Big Chop – Sept 2013
When I first decided to go natural, I felt that I needed to try to grow out my hair as long as I could before making any drastic cuts. My last relaxer was this April, and my goal was to transition through the summer and cut my hair before the winter holidays. At the time, this goal seemed completely do-able. I read a lot of articles and watched a bunch of videos thinking I had a handle on this process.
Boy, was I naïve! I barely lasted for 3 MONTHS.
I started to play around with twist/braid outs, Bantu knots, and rod sets. I could barely get a good two strand flat twist in, and I spent just as much time in my hair as I would when relaxed. Not to mention, each time I got in the shower to wash my hair, I had ample amount of hair to collect from the drain. It was such a task to work with both textures. I was more enthusiastic playing with the natural curls, than my straggly relaxed ends.
Feeling more in love with the natural curls, I attempted to get a mini chop, 1 ½ months into the transition. I hoped that this would help with the transition process, but it just fast tracked me to Big Chop territory.
On July 10, I felt an intense urge to cut my hair. Every other thought in my head was helping me rationalize doing the big chop that day. I even joked around with my husband about making the change, and his response was “just go ahead and do it.” I would normally brush a comment like this off, but this time it really stuck with me (thanks babe!). Later in the day, I felt a wave of adrenaline kick. All I could do was run into the bathroom, grab my scissors, and go to town on my hair. I was so wide-eyed when I made my first snip. I know I am not the first one to have ever cut my hair off, but at that moment I felt like I was in completely uncharted territory. The light bulb went off and the gears started to get going…IT’S JUST HAIR!
I felt so liberated, so new, and so glad I made the decision to cut my hair earlier. I also felt so ridiculous as I did not plan out the cut so well. I could barely see the hair in the middle of my head so I needed my husband to help. I was also not paying attention to keeping a consistent length throughout the cut so I knew a salon visit was in my near future. J
I also learned quickly that I will no longer need to rely as much on a salon, especially in the beginning of my journey. I went to the salon to get my hair shaped up and ended up getting a style I was not as thrilled with. I liked it in the shop, but when I got home and did my first wash I knew this would not work day-to-day. My husband and I ended up working together with his clippers to get it to a style better suited for wash-n-go’s. At that point, I felt very confident with my new haircut and the start of my natural hair journey. I felt ready to take on the world and see what I can amount to without hiding behind my hair!
The week’s right after my big chop seemed like a whirlwind. I was amazed at how much more I could achieve knowing that I was embracing my natural hair. I was crossing more things than ever off of my bucket list, and had a new spirit in me. Has anyone else ever experienced this right after their big chop or a drastic change?
In the coming weeks, I plan to share all of the things I am starting to cross off my bucket list thanks to my natural hair journey. I might even whip up a weekly series, to inspire others to take their natural hair journey as a time to fulfill bucket list items. Let me know if you think this would be interesting to read.
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Little Love Curls